Dealing with Winter Eczema    

    When you think of winter, images of warm scarves, comfy sweaters and others come to mind. But if you struggle with eczema, your main priority is probably thinking of ways to prevent a winter rash. During the colder months, you may find it more difficult to keep your eczema under control due to the dryer, harsher temperatures.

    Identifying your eczema triggers is crucial in preventing flare ups. Here are a few tips to help your skin through winter symptoms:

    • Moisturize daily – you should be washing with hypoallergenic soap at least twice a day. Petroleum jelly helps skin stay moisturized.
    • Dress in cool fabrics – if possible, wear soft fabrics like cotton.
    • Avoid irritations – figure out which types of clothing and products irritate your skin and avoid them. Use hypoallergenic detergents that are intended for sensitive skin and void of chemicals and perfumes.
    • Avoid smoke – smoke from various locations including wood from a fireplace as well as cigarette smoke at a holiday get together can cause a flare-up, so be careful.

    Although there is no cure for eczema, you can still live comfortably through the winter seasons. If you haven’t already, consider visiting an allergist and dermatologist for a professional medical opinion.

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